Elephanta Caves - AHM : 1218
Arrive at the Indira docks / Green Gate, complete the immigration formalities and meet our representative and guide at the exit gate of the arrival hall and proceed to the Gateway of India to take the catamaran for Elephanta.
No visit to Mumbai is complete without visiting the Elephanta Caves. This is a must see for all history lovers. This place you would explore the true excavations pertaining to the rich ancient history of India. We take the first boat at 0900 hrs from the jetty at the famous Gateway of India. The boat takes an hour to reach the Elephanta Island. There are a total of seven major excavations and you'll be able to explore the history behind the artefacts and structures found therein. There exist a spacious hall supported by huge pillars, which are characteristic of architecture as old as 6th and 7th centuries. A massive three-headed Shiva sculpture stands therein, which is one of the major attractions in the caves. The Guide will take you through 3 caves. He would explain you the unique feature of each of these caves in detail. These 3 caves are all distinct from each with a unique feature: one is a large Hindu Cave, the other is a Buddhist cave, and the final one is a cave dedicated to the God Shiva. The central sculpture represents Shiva's three aspects as creator, preserver and destroyer. Return back to the pier at 1330 hrs.Open from 9 AM to 5 PM. Elephanta Caves are closed on Mondays.
Dharavi Slum Tour
Arrive at the Indira docks / Green Gate, complete the immigration formalities and meet our representative and guide at the exit gate of the arrival hall and proceed for Dharavi tour of Mumbai.
If you visit Mumbai on a Tour for a few days and spend your time in the posh South Mumbai around the Gateway of India and Marine Drive, you would never even know that a big part of the urban population in India lives in slums and has to fight for a livelihood every day. Around 60% of the citizens of Mumbai live in slums and Dharavi because of its location between Airport and city. Dharavi has a astounding population of at least half a million. This place became more relevant and famous after the sleeper Hollywood hit “Slumdog Millionaire”.
This tour will get you inside Dharavi up and close. It starts with you accompanying Guide taking you through the commercial area of the slum. Especially waste recycling which is a big business in Dharavi and the residents and workers who scavenge materials from all over the city bring them to the workshops here to process and recycle them. You would also be able to visit bakery and see how they make the famous Mumbai Bread ( Pao ) and other snacks.
This Tour is guided by an expert Guide who is from Dharavi and would be fluent in English. The expertise of this Guide lies in the fact that he is a local and knows every small lane here and has easy access to each place. With this Guide your experience of Dharavi would be like a local.
After the Tour we go back to the Cruise Terminal to board our Cruise onwads.